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talking about obama care medical pay roll tax. a new specific tax with obama care. it is it a noncompliance. austin, come on, man. >> you just stated two things that were the same thing . that is an increase on the capitol gains rate is the stame thing tried to portray as a second tax. >> it is going to medicare. >> there is no doubt there will be practical hicups like when they passed medicare d that free money that the bush administration giving out. there were logistical hicups and problems with that. over all the congressional budget is not forecasting that this will be a increase in the dev stit by any meanings. oh, boy. >> look at margins. >> i have to jump in here. >> austin, do me a fave error. >> calling it a logistical hicup. my god, you don't know what will happen to the middle class. what about the insurance premium fees and none of this is making healthcare better . doctors are turning patients away and it is not in full implementation. people trying to be helped are hurt in the end of the day. families don't really give a dam about families paying ext
linden johnson. >> talking about george w. bush. >> did not originate with barack obama but barack obama's policies have put this on steroids. >> bill: yes. he is has taken it and run with it but to be fair w. >> this has been going on for a long time. >> food and food stamps. colmes, i just don't understand how you can say knowing what we know now if you went back in a time machine you would still allow this family to come here even though they weren't being persecuted that was a con. you would still give them $100,000 and we are not even counting the 2500 that dzhokhar was getting to smoke pot in college. we are not even counting that. but the bottom line is this. there is no supervision over any of this. no supervision on asylum. no supervision on welfare payments. you can con the system. yet, you wouldn't do anything about it. >> qualified. they were legally here in the country. they did not have an income. they qualified. >> bill: at the first time they started getting this the younger brother with a waste 8 or 9 years old. >> bill: the so what. >> manufacturing terrorists by purpos
at about 10:00 eastern. up next, we will take you to the 50 minute news conference, president obama talking to the news reporters in the press room. president obama: hello, everybody. hello. good afternoon -- or good morning, everybody. i am here to answer questions in honor of ed henry, as he wraps up his tenure as president of the white house correspondents' association. ed, because of that, you get the first question. congratulations. >> thank you, sir. i really appreciate that. and i hope we can go back to business and being mad at each other in a little bit. president obama: i'm not mad at you. >> ok. thank you. i appreciate it. president obama: you may be mad at me. [laughter] >> i'm not. [laughter] a couple questions on national security. on syria, you said that the red line was not just about chemical weapons being used but being spread, and it was a game changer, seemed cut and dry. and now your administration seems to be suggesting that line is not clear. do you risk u.s. credibility if you don't take military action? and then on benghazi, there are some survivors of that terror
re-talking about? are we talking about the barack obama that his -- the administration raised the fee for citizenship application to get back down again? don't get me started. i can go low sides on this because these politicians, that's my point, have moved them play this game like checkers or chess when it suits their interest in suits their politics. it's not just john mccain. >> i will tell what barack obama we are talking about. we are talking about the president obama that just won a re-election with 71% of the latino vote and understands there is a dead and we will not let him off the puck. i think it's a president obama who no longer has realm and manual as a chief of staff telling him it's too politically costly for you to do this in your first term. i think the president barack obama who wants a legacy and understand that this can be a major point for his legacy. to the point where he is stepping back. the question you asked antonio, if president obama had done what he said he was going to do and luis knows this and crossed his own legislation on congress to say here is my bi
about that obama has been hosting to get reasonable republicans and democratic senators talking and to let them do the work, negotiate it and keep as far away from it as he himself, obama, can, so if they strike a deal it doesn't have obama's fingerprints over it and republicans have permission to side with the republicans who negotiated with it, which i guess we're talking about the green lantern theory and power of presidency. the less the president does, the more he has a chance of enacting something. >> i think that's right. to the republican base obama is so toxic so the fact of him supporting anything would rile him up. at the same time i'm skeptical of this idea that republican and democratic congress need to get together. the tea party caucus is so ideological. and they know how washington used to work and they know there were back room deals and camaraderie. they're not interested in that. they're interested in following their own ideals and not allowing government to work. that's where the problem rests. >> if you look at the phrase it implies have you no power. why wo
the first nba player to come out of the closet. a phone call from president obama. wonder what they talked about. great to see you. it is the "full court press" here on tuesday april 30. good to have you with us today. we've got lots and lots to talk about. lots that you're going to want to jump in and express your point of view about. give us a call at 1-866-55-press. that's our toll free number. join us on twitter at bpshow or on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. can't do it alone. takes a village. and so we need to reach out for help here and here's a -- good friend who does the same thing three hours every day just like i do. she does it on p.o.t.u.s. channel on sirius x.m. julie mason joining us as a "friend of bill." >> bill, i'm here to help. >> bill: thank you, thank you. and you know, that's a lot of help when you have three hours of your own and you still give us one hour. >> oh, whatever you need, bill. whatever you want. >> bill: how is it going? you look dapper at the white house correspondents' dinner. >> so did you bill, thank you very much. >> bill: we had a good time
took it to maureen dowd. charlie pierce and i talked about how irritating this article was. obama took note of a column by maureen dowd who criticized the white house for not deploying pitbull legislative aides to depict votes liking michael douglas did in the movie the american president. no one likes the world to be more like the american president than me. >> we don't know the difference. >> stephanie: exactly my point, jim. obama joked michael what's your secret? could it be you were an actor in an alan sorkin liberal fantasy? [ applause ] thank you. we talk to hot brie, melissa fitzgerald about this. some people go oh, why isn't it like the west wing? because it's not written by alan sorkin. republicans don't get their lines from alan sorkin. they're douche nozzles. 45 minutes after the hour. i'm in a state today. >> are you! you need some smelling salts and a fainting couch? >> stephanie: i haven't even gotten started on the plan b thing. 45 minutes after the hour. right back on "the stephanie miller show." >> this is the dirtiest show -- [ laughter ] >> i have ever been on in al
. >>> we begin with tough talk on syria from president obama. the president responding to new evidence that the syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people. is there enough evidence to act? reen th reena ninan joins usy washington. >> reporter: the president's comments were loaded with caveats. calling the assessment preliminary. one source telling me overnight, will is so much uncertainty, who fired what and at whom. what is the motivation. these are key questions. >> if it is established, that syria was using chemical weapons against their own people, what are the options that the white house has to do? >> reporter: there are no good options, really. military action in syria is something that the white house has wanted to avoid. the focus is on the intelligence picture. we have no public eyewitness accounts of the government firing shels with chemicals at the citizens. the white house is cautious but insisting all options are on the table. >>> new threats from north korea in morning. they say they'll soon put an american on trial for allegedly trying to overthrow that g
will give you michelle obama's arms. yes, indeed, this news. everywhere i went yesterday people were talking about did you hear what happened in boston. stunning arrest of three young men there. buddies of zark off -- dzhokhar tsarnaev. phillip has been covering this for the atlantic wire. he joins us on our news line this morning. good to talk to you. tell us, who were the three -- i'm not going to try to pronounce their names. what was their connection to the suspect? >> so the three additional people who were arrested yesterday were -- [ indiscernible ] >> bill: good for you. >> all of whom joined dzhokhar tsarnaev in 2011 at school, they started school at the same time. there were initial reports the three were roommates of tsarnaev although that is not the case. tsarnaev had a dorm room on campus and the other three lived off campus but they were all friends which is probably why they ended up getting into trouble. >> bill: two of them had already been under arrest, correct? for not attending classes? that's right? or violations. >> two citizens of kazakhstan had been detained at some p
not disappoint. one of the most powerful african-american conservatives in american history talking about the most powerful african-american liberal in american history, mr. president obama. first up, has he met the president? listen. >> in passing. he visited the court. i don't do a lot of washington, and i'm not into politics. i mean, there is not that many occasions. i shook hands
because of -- when you talk about obama care, it has been a big issue. has it changed your perspective, slowed anything down or does it matter? >> it slowed down the sales due to uncertainty in health care providers and what they can pay for and what happens with medicaid and medicare spending. to really deal with long-term demographics. >> you mentioned immigration, visa issue and engineers. >> yes. >> we have people -- companies constantly talk about that. are there really not enough engineers in this country? you can't find them efficiently? what is the real problem? >> there are not coming through the programs. >> you cannot find them for your specific issue? >> we can't find enough. it is very, very difficult. >> it's a great career. but you go back. like when the president said you have a drink with mitch mcconnell. come engineering, any of those things. i wonder how do we get people to realize what a great future they would have if they boit the bullet. how do we do it? or do we let all the foreigners. >> i've been told, and i could be wrong on this, there are two levels. there'
.88. > >>> president obama is going south of the border to talk about just that -- the border. it's may 2nd, and this is "now." >>> from the red line to the borderline, president obama's week has been chock full of foreign policy. in the last hour, the president boarded air force one and is now en route to mexico city. where he will meet with newly minted mexican president, enrique peniento. >> my top priority as president is to grow the economy, first i'm going to visit mexico, one of our largest economic partners. then i'll be visiting costa rica. and in both instances i'm going to be working to deepen our economic and trade relationships across latin america. relationships that create jobs and growth here at home. and offer our businesses growing markets where they can sell more american-made goods and services abro abroad. >> although this will be president obama's fourth trip to mexico since 2009, the mexican president has only been in office for five months and he's making it clear that he would like to press reset on the u.s./mexico relationship. shifting photo cuss away from the int
she is cooperating with investigators. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >>> president obama has wrapped up talks with mexico's recently elected president. they covered a range of issues trade to illegal drugs. of course, border security. abc's mary bruce traveling with the president. >> reporter: president obama arrived yesterday in mexico city where the economy tops the agenda during his three day tour of latin america. issue of immigration reform will be hard to ignore. >> i am optimistic about us getting it done because it is the right thing to do. we have seen leaders from both parties indicate now is the time to get comprehensive immigration reform done. if we are going to get that done now is the time to do it. >> with congress poised to overhaul the immigration laws, mr. obama will have to tread carefully while he is here. any public comments he makes could impact the delicate negotiations back home. although immigration and border security will consume much of the conversation, the trip is intended to focus on economic relations and trade between the u.s. and southern ne
been moved up. president obama starts the day in mexico city where he spent the night in a joint press son for instance with the new mexican leader the president talked about how comprehensive immigration reform is essential for strengthening both nations. >> obama: part of what we discussed is getting it done because we do so much business between our two countries. >> our shared boarder is more secure than it has been in years. the president's going to give another speech this morning and then heads to costa rica where he meets with central american leaders to wynn to talk about treyed and economic development. brutal wildfires are spreading across southern california. the springs fire has now consumed some 8,000 air, or 12 choir miles and extended to within seven or eight miles of malibu overnight. the fire has damaged some 15 homes, and some 100 commercial properties are at risk as some 900 or so firefighters will % continue to battle blaze today. we're back with more show after the break. happy friday. we'll see you on the other side. rights but still
. we have big problems with the budget and the economy and we're talking about background checks as if it matters. it doesn't matter that much. and all of the passion it and all of the focus that president obama decided to make on this issue, i do think was political exploitation. he hadn't talked about gun issues one bit during his campaign. i think this was a huge political mistake on the part of the president. >> do you think he's lost a lot of political capital? do you think this was a mistack to use as capital in this way? >> well, you know what, it matters to 90% of the american people. so you want to call that being political, that's fine. we have problems around the world. guess where else we have problems? newtown, connecticut, aurora, colorado, we have a lot of problems here. that's why all of these senators that voted against background checks are seeing their numbers plum et and the senators that had the courage to vote for it are seeing their numbers come up. there's a reason why pat toomey said the reason republicans didn't vote for it is because they didn't want to
against syria over the use of chemical weapons. is it time for president obama to get tough? we'll talk about that when we come back. lets you talk face-to-face and share whatever's on your screen. blackberry z10 with bbm video. built to keep you moving. see it in action at blackberry.com/z10 >>> use trail ya's government has found itself caught in a new bind. the prime minister has confirmed there will be a 12 billion aussie dollar budget hold this year because of weaker tax revenues pes the high dollar as well as exporting jobs squeezes the profits of exporting firms with lower profits to these companies comes lower company tax going to government. we can't assume that this will change soon. >> as a result, australia is now expected to introduce extensive spending cuts in its coming budget on may the 14th. gillard says the cutbacks won't be so harsh as to stifle growth or hurt the needy. >>> and while top money pouring into asia has helped the region to be an economic growth leader, the imf has seen some risk. boosting credit growth potentially to the point of overheating. the imf is
those stories. we are talking to you about your view of president obama's second term. let's get to the catskills, new york, republican line. caller: i was going to comment on the middle east. wants to closee guantanamo bay is got backfire. what is going on in the middle east with a iran and israel, egypt, the moslem brotherhood syria, is turning into a tinderbox. israel will do something with iran soon and we will need that prison opened. host: troy, alabama, independent line. confused ande get they need to go back to school. with people'sicks minds the way you screen calls. if you look at what the president said yesterday, you look at article one of the constitution, section 7 -- it will explain to the job of the president and the congress. the congress is supposed to come up with devyn and the president is supposed to sign the bills. if the house and senate did their job, they are not doing it and they are embarrassing america. they don't know anything. all your callers don't know anything. you'll find the right answers if you read and you will see the truth. all these comment
think the reason there are so many folks talking about the possibility of government tyranny is threefold really. the obama administration's increasing reliance on big government. i think it's folks like alex jones who did this routine where every time they shut down a city like boston it's the end of the world and military law. and honestly, i think folks like you, piers because, you know, you go out of your way to really give the impression that you're interested in taking away people's fundamental right to bear arms and i think that scares a lot of folks. >> i'm not against the right to bear arms, i'm seriously against the right of having military style assault weapons to blow people away in a school. >> you said you're against assault weapons, but handguns kill 6,000 a year. >> they're both a big problem. mass shootings. >> you're from the uk, why don't we go with a full gun ban. >> we discussed it, the uk has 40, 50 gun murders a year, the u.s. has 12,000. let's move on. >> i'm glad you finally have your agenda out there. >> let's turn to jason collins. this is the sport
as he has through the presidency between issues and crises not of his choice, obama seemed like a spectator as if he resigned himself to a reactive presidency. we have always talked about the thunder heads in congress. >> even when you were there. >> the exception. >> can i correct you? especially when i was there. there were more thunder heads per square inch. >> i covered congress before you, joe, it was even worse then. >> we are at a strange point where the president is not even six months into his second term and he already looks like a lame duck to many people who are top analyst. >> this is a familiar pattern sometimes in second terms but if you look back at six months and where barack obama thought he might be today, i hate to use this analogy but he is like my washington nationals. expectations are pretty high and barely keeping his head above water. i agree with sam's examples but the sequestration itself -- >> isn't it fascinating, al? i remember a lot of us talking to the president before and talking to president's people, they really believed that the re-election wo
the budget priorities. the housing market is recovering. a lot of the opponents said the obama economy is going to be devastated are just wrong. one of the talking points of republicans as you know is food stamp enrollment has grown faster than job growth. the president has to say my policies have helped the job growth situation grow overall. until job growth improves, opponents say the president can't say anything. >> they're getting ready to ask the president questions. the shock was enormous to everyone in the area. would it be wise based on the experience you went through on 9/11 for the president to create some commission of inquiry to make sure we don't repeat any mistakes that may have occurred in the lead up to the boston bombings? >> i think it's an excellent question. why? because in the aftermath of these things is what happens is there's a rush for accountable. finger pointing. like the mirandizing with the communication between the fbi and russia. you lose sight of how to get better. one of the things about the 9/11 commission was is they looked at the systems that were in
to take the reins there is janet yellin, the vice chair. she is who gets most often talked about as a leading candidate. some others are less widely talked about, roger ferguson, larry summers has the resume for it but is a polarizing figure. i think president obama will have plenty of options as he starts to weigh this decision in the months ahead. >> it does sound like janet yellin is the front-runner from the people we've been hearing from. tell me, do you think when it does come time for the federal reserve to pull the stimulus out of the economy, and let's say she is the fed chief, what kind of job do you think she'll do? because it's a very tricky -- it's a very tricky exit strategy to have to executes here. >> yeah, you know, the politics, the technical stuff is one side. you raise interest rates? can you sell off this bond portfolio they've accumulated? $3 trillion a huge task. but have i more confidence in their ability to handle the technical aspects than i do making the right decision. when do you begin this exit? when does the time that inflation is a risk, financial
president obama has golfed. he went to the white house correspondent dinner. he had a sund sunday where he >> stephen: tonight, we've got a big problem with gitmo in that we're talking about gitmo in. ( laughter ) then the summer bloc busters. now hollywood can undermine our morals in 3d. and my guest ben kingsley is an accomplished actor despite being born with a debilitating accent. a man arrested for shooting at the white house said he was upset over u.s. marijuana laws. man, if only there were some way to mellow that guy out. ( laughter ) this is the the "colbert report" captioning sponsored by comedy central
will come up. mr. obama doesn't want it to disrupt the bipartisan talks that are going on right now on capitol hill, but the new mexican president shares the same goals on immigration, le jij miezing the millions of mexicans living now in the u.s. that said mexican migration to the u.s. is currently at its lowest level in 40 years. the reason, mexico's economy is growing faster than that of the u.s. so both presidents may want to highlight mexico's economy as one of the best ways to curb illegal immigration. after a speech to them on friday, the president will go to costa rica for a meeting with central american leaders. he's due back here on saturday night. charlie and norah? >> bill plante, thank you. >>> and the obama administration is renewing its fight over the morning after pill. the justice department announced plans wednesday to appeal a judge's order. it removes all age limits for buying step-one over the counter. they reduced the age from 17 to 15 in hopes of a compromise. >>> an american citizen has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in north korea. kenneth bay has
?s event. [laughter] we also have something else in common, i too recently got in trouble for talking about a public official's good looks. it was when i would not shut up about that stone cold fox, secretary of transportation ray lahood. oh, man. i like the cut of his jib. [laughter] president obama, you had some great jokes. it was a pleasure watching you stand here and do what i do. now it is only fair that i get to do what you do. that is right, ladies and gentlemen, for the next 15 minutes i will be mired in a dysfunctional standoff with congress. this is going to be fun. [laughter] i would like to formally congratulate the president on his reelection. congratulations. [applause] as you all know, he is hard at work reading jobs. since he was first selected, the number of popes has doubled. >> > hter] and the number of tonight show hosts has tripled. congratulations. [laughter] while i'm at it, i would like to congratulate president george w. bush on big dedication of his presidential library. yes, the library has millions of books, articles, and documents and if you go, you can be the
're the international house of radio this morning. >> caller: hello. hi, i wanted to call -- i wanted to talk about this guy that said obama said he wanted to fundamentally change our society. and therefore, they are going to become like europe. i already became like europe. >> stephanie: right. but you have better hot coco. >> caller: i hear this so much from americans when i listen to the media, and they don't have any idea how diverse europe is. our economy is doing just great. same with most of northern europe, germany, et cetera granted spain, disaster. italy, greece, yes. >> portugal. >> stephanie: yeah -- >> caller: but the thing they should keep in mind is that part of the reason that those countries have not been able to recover from the global crash, that we might call the bush crash, fundamental reason they haven't been able to recover is a, europe doesn't have a central strong bank. meaning countries can't devalue their own currency. so the spanish euro is basically pegged to a strong german euro. so that causes a big problem, and then the second part of it is that the
university on news coverage after mass casualty events. after that, president obama and mexican president. and defense secretary hagel talks about syria. >> ronald reagan i think massively made mistakes in defense. the defense budget is not just a waste of money in those eight years, but it is what created machineish chain -- war and created so much anger and problems throughout the world that were totally unnecessary. -- it is face interview madeimperial power. -- it made us face imperial power. the government, the state is not the solution to every problem. the idea of entrepreneurs, the idea of technological change and the idea that people should make of a own decisions instead big nanny in washington, he stood for all those things. i agree with those things. that puts a plus in the plus column. he really needed to stand up for closing more deficits. ronald reagan's spent of time before 1980 as the greatest of deficitonent spending there ever was. he left a legacy of massive deficit that permitted his followers -- that was a historical, you know of enormous proportions. >> more from da
"no guns allowed." now snoop is talking to politico about his frustration with congress. he told the website, quote, i'm very disappointed. it's too easy to get a gun and there needs to be more restrictions. i think obama is doing what he can, but it can't just be him. congress and everybody has to work together to solve the problem." i can see it now. politico roundtable. i'd watch. >>> one of the hardest things for a military family is the long periods of separation from loved ones. this is your friday feel-good story. miguel almaguer shows us how they are bring some families a little closer together. >> reporter: somewhere in the pacific the u.s.s. john is on the move. but on this final leg home, the mission has taken on new meaning. >> it means a lot because i get to see my dad again. >> it's called the tiger cruise. for six days and five nights more than 1100 family members and friends join the crew returning from the persian gulf. >> it's a great experience to have them here. >> reporter: tigers live alongside their loved ones experiencing their life and duties at sea. >> t
to the president. we talked to the winners and why president obama should make it his priority. >> he was actually unemployed and going through the process of unemployment. i thought he would be a good subject to follow. i followed his life. >> at the time, i had a introduction to law course. there was a double standard for those under 18 years old and those over. . was into children's rights i realized we do not have a say in the creation of the debt, but we are going to just a -- we're going to take it off. -- pay it off. -- they were not very excited about the prospect. after i had explained it to them, they kind of caught on. while researching, we decided we should add high-speed rail. that was very important. >> more from the top three student winners on saturday morning. >> president obama is on a three-day trip to latin america. this morning in mexico city, he spoke for group of students. >> he spite all of the values that we should -- despite the values we share, our attitudes sometimes are trapped in old stereotypes. some americans always say to mexico is depicted in sensational headlines
comeback for new york city in a lot of ways. president obama on the way to mix koa pitching immigration reform idea. we have monica crowley in talk about that, preaching to the choir in mexico? >> yes, and not for the first time, talked aaout the immigration policy, how it needs reform. i think a lot of people understand here in the united states that our immigration policies are really in desperate need of reform, and the question is how to go about it? connell: what do you think? we had people come in, both sides of it, and douglas holtz-eakin was here yesterday on the right side, usually, politically, and people have been making economic arguments in favor of immigration reform and getting it done. do you think it's a good idea? >> the question is what kind of reform are you talking about? america's immigration policy should be in place for one reason, and that's to serve u.s. interest, u.s. economic interest and national security interest. you can no longer be a super power if you can't control your own sovereignty. they haven't. we have seen the succession, refused to enforce their
. obama is chatting with right now, you can see the president talking with ed henry, the white house correspondent for fox news, previously cnn, longtime viewers of the washington journal remember that for years ed henry did ourressional updates on morning program. that is the head table at the white house correspondents dinner. >> continued live coverage on c- span of the white house correspondent's dinner at the hilton hotel in dupont circle. this may be 7-8 blocks from the white house, just north of dupont circle which is about 21st street in washington. the white house is in the 1600 block. ,his is a tweet from g tweeting, dear people of washington, please eat a little faster. it is 1:59 a.m. in the uk and i just want to hear the speeches. ,ome of the guests attending mayor bloomberg, barbra streisand and kevin spacey. asaw kevin spacey earlier, lot of you criticizing c-span for not getting barbra streisand on camera. my guess is, we would have shown her if we had found her by now. i don't know if she's actually there. i think she is. michael j fox as a guest of nbc, along with m
of the march on washington. on the next "washington journal", john negroponte talks about the u.s. intelligence system, and president obama's upcoming trip to mexico. and more about the president latin america trip, which also includes costa rica and home agent of the center for strategic and international studies. also a look at senate legislation that would require state sales taxes. we will talk to rollcall in "washington journal" is live on c-span at 7:00 a.m. eastern. >> next on, a special forces of the united states with admiral william mcraven. this is 90 minutes. [inaudible conversations] >> thank you to those that i could count on and we generally try to have enough food here to make it through and keep you alive for a short period of time. so good morning on behalf of the ceo and president. i want to welcome you to the tricky dick and international studies talk and welcomed viewers on the web. are you picking up okay? okay. i have a couple of details that i want to outline what we are here for and are doing today. we have a wonderful and terrific and timely report and topic to discus
obama will try to get more substance from president pena nieto. host: we are talking about the president's trip to mexico and costa rica. 202-585-3880 for democrats. 202-585-3881 for republicans. you can send an e-mail. our guest is carl meachem, from americas program director. he worked on the senate floor foreign relations committee with senator richard lugar and he worked on the staff of two democratic senators. he was the cuban affairs bureau official at the department of state. he received his master's degree from american university and columbia university. the first call for him comes from dale in st. charles, missouri on the democrats' line. caller: we have been vacationing >> mexico for over 20 years. live to the white house for announcements from president obama. [applause] >> thank you. good morning, everybody. please have a seat. my top priority as president is to grow the economy, create good, middle-class jobs, make sure the next generation prospers. in a few minutes, i will be departing the white house that will promote that priority. one of our largest economic partners,
you up on what we were talking about before when we mentioned mark zandi. president obama's expected to nominate venture capitalist and former wireless cable lobbyist tom wheeler to head the federal communications commission. the announcement is expected today. wheeler served as an informal adviser to president obama for the last couple years and went into the business after the helm of the cable association and wireless group ctia. meantime, i just got ahead of myself on the mark zandi stuff. president obama is expected to nominate melvin watt to lead the fhfa, the regulator that oversees lending giants fannie mae and freddie mac. did i -- what did i say? he is a democrat from north carolina who served in the house for 20 years. he will replace edward dimarco, who was appointed by george w. bush. this is where you're supposed to say, honey, come watch "squawk" immediately, this is big. >> that's right. honey, get in here! dimarco's leaving! they're putting watt in, right? the fh? fh -- >> fhfa. >> all right in other political news it was a primary in massachusetts yesterday, apparen
forging ahead. >>steve: while the pressure heats up on president obama to make a decision, gas prices remain high at $3.50 a gallon. let's talk to stuart varney. are they connected, the keystone and the high price at the pump? >> i think they're going to be connected. at the moment you've got an average price nationwide, $3.50 a gallon. this is gretchen's story. she coined the expression the new normal for gas. the normal keeps going up. we've got $3.50 now. i think we're headed towards $4 a gallon in the summer. as prices start to rise towards that magic level $4 a gallon -- in comes the debate over the pipeline. the president has to make a decision fairly soon: build it? yes or no. as he's making that decision, gas prices rise. i don't think the two are connected. if you build the pipeline, i don't think you get prices down tomorrow morning. but in the public's mind they are going to be linked. >>steve: do everything you can? >> yes. because as you get closer to $4 a gallon. it's a big deal in america, $4 gas. that precise moment, then you have the president who is discussing the pi
of goldman sachs, talks about the u.s. economy, federal reserve monetary policy, and the european financial crisis. ofn an event on casualties sense. later a conference with president obama and the next -- the mexican presidents kenyan o. >>. -- pena niet the number of people applying for unemployment is lower. we talk with the wall street journal reporter, been councilman. now and smith joins us. his most recent book is "who stole the american dream? we will also take your calls, e- mails, and tweets. >> mrs. grant was also interesting. they had an extraordinary roller-coaster existence. for most of their lives, he was regarded as an abject failure, unable to provide for its family common and an end in almost no time, suddenly he was the most popular man in the country, the man who would save the union on the battlefield, and then president of the united states. >> to leo loved her time in the white house. she said it was like a bright and beautiful dream, the most wonderful time in my life government -- in my life, so i think that gives you an idea of how much she enjoyed being first lady
.5%. lori: thank you. melissa: president obama holding a last-minute press briefing. rich had said is standing by. rich: one line that really stuck out to us is he said it is his job to make congress behave. he is talking about a large deficit deal. he wants to do so to eliminate some tax loopholes. >> there are content solutions to our problems right now. i cannot force republicans to embrace those common sense solutions. i can urge them do, i can put pressure on them, i can, you know, rallied the american people around those, you know, common sense solutions. ultimately, they themselves will have to say, i want to do the right thing. there are members who understand that deep down. they are worried about their politics. it is tough. rich: the problem politically for the president is he says he prefer a broader deficit deal. he has signed laws like the faa so quested that ended those furloughs for air traffic control towers. we continue in washington with republicans resisting. back to you. melissa: thank you, richard. coming up, we will get lou dobbs take off president obama's co
obama has caved in again. pain but theel the rich people do not, again. host: we have a couple of tweets. the first one comes from florida gordon -- we are talking about congress passing a bill to ease flight delays. our next call comes from marty in dayton, ohio. caller: i was under the impression that the house -- the flexibility to arrange the sequester as he needed to long ago before he shut down the white house for tours right over spring break when eighth eirders are coming for th spring trip, he closes the doors. it seems like he tried to target those services that would get .he biggest backlash host: thank you for your call. next up is brett in claremore, oklahoma on our line for independents. caller: thank you for taking my call. i think it is about time that the congress and the senate and everybody got together and did something that made some sense. ofefully this is the start -- they need to get together and fix the rest of things that are in lock-in in congress. host: assuming that this move is faa,d with regards to the what do you think is the next thing that congress needs
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